Vigour and Brilliance
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plays
Adams, Bernstein, Falla and Gershwin,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was in blistering form for this mainly American programme, conducted by Carlos Kalmar (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 2 March 2011).
John Adams' The Chairman Dances was a timely follow-up to the relay of Nixon in China from the New York Met two weeks earlier. The players made the score glisten, while suggesting a violent undercurrent beneath the chic exterior in the central episode...
Copyright © 13 March 2011